Port of Southampton welcomes Caroline Nokes MP

August 17, 2018

The Port of Southampton today welcomed local MP for Romsey and Southampton North Caroline Nokes.

The MP, also Minister of State for Immigration, came to find out more about the port and how it operates as a key global gateway for British manufacturers.

She was given a tour of the port in an electric vehicle accompanied by ABP Southampton director Alastair Welch.

Caroline said: “I was very interested to hear about the work being undertaken by ABP to ensure the port continues to improve air quality and it was great to take a tour in an electric car. The port of Southampton is crucial to the success of ‘UK PLC’ and, particularly, the economy of the south of England, so I know just how important it is to support its continued prosperity.”

Director Alastair Welch said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Caroline to the port today and to be able to show her how the UK’s number one export port operates day-to-day.

“As the UK’s trading gateway to the world, we handle goods to the value of £71 billion each year and regularly welcome the world’s largest ships, some capable of carrying over 20,000 containers.”

Caroline was given a tour of the port’s Vessel Traffic Services operation room (VTS) where all shipping movements in and out of Southampton are controlled.

VTS plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of the Solent for all users large or small. ABP Southampton pilots bring in 10,000 ships a year and VTS manages 160,000 vessel movements in the Solent each year.

The port has a range of electric vehicles in use and over 50 charging points. Not only is this contributing to a more sustainable method of travel around the port but employees and visitors are also able to charge their personal vehicles for free.